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Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage

Understand the basics plus more of Storage Area Networks SAN and Network Attached Storage NAS
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10,727 students enrolled
Created by Neil Anderson
Last updated 1/2017
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Understand the basics plus more of Storage Area Networks and Network Attached Storage
Be a more rounded and effective member of an IT team
Understand the difference between SAN and NAS
Connect to CIFS (SMB) NAS storage from a Windows client
Connect to NFS storage from a Linux client
Connect to iSCSI storage from a Windows client
Understand the intracacies of Fibre Channel SAN
Understand Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
Perform a basic configuration of SAN and NAS storage on a NetApp storage system
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  • A basic knowledge of computer networks
  • No previous storage knowledge is necessary

Today's data center and cloud environments have converged infrastructures and management tools, and with the advent of virtualization technologies like VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, external SAN and NAS storage is becoming a standard. It's no longer possible to get by as an IT professional by knowing only servers, networking or storage, you need an understanding of all three for your career to thrive.

This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand SAN and NAS storage. You'll learn the theory of the CIFS (SMB), NFS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and FCoE protocols, and see how to configure the storage system and connect from the client with hands-on lab demonstrations.

The lessons are vendor agnostic so they're suitable no matter who the manufacturer of your storage system is. I've used NetApp as the storage system in the live demos but the information is relevant to all vendors.

A verifiable course certificate stating you have completed this training will be provided at the end of the course. This will prove to potential future employers that you have the basic storage knowledge necessary to be an effective member of their IT team, and the motivation  to complete further training and be a real asset to their company.

As a student in this course, you will get an answer to every question you ask in the Ask Question section. I love interaction with my students- anything you want to know, please ask.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the course. I hope you now have enough motivation to get into the learning right away. If so, click the blue button at the top of the page to enroll and get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • IT professionals or enthusiasts who want to understand SAN and NAS storage
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SAN and NAS Storage
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NAS - Network Attached Storage

CIFS (SMB) Configuration

NFS Configuration

SAN - Fibre Channel Part 1

Fibre Channel Part 2

Fibre Channel Part 3

Fibre Channel and FCoE Configuration


iSCSI Configuration

SAN - Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE

SAN and NAS Quiz
10 questions
1 Lecture 00:17
Bonus - More Resources!
About the Instructor
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Building your Cloud and Data Center career

Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

For the last 9 years my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy support and mentoring for the services division systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering roles.

I've always embraced change and I've worked in contract roles for dozens of companies, big and small, and enjoyed soaking up knowledge across all areas of information technology. I'm lucky this has given me a broad perspective across server, network and storage technologies.

As well as explaining the hands-on details of each technology I teach, a key part of my role is explaining the big picture of how all the technologies fit together in real world deployments, and the best practice way to implement them.

My mission is building engineers, my passion is helping people succeed. I love to hear back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in them achieving their goals.

If you have any questions about Cloud, NetApp, Cisco or VMware technologies, ping me a message and I'd love to help you out. 

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